Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Makes perfect sense to me

From Think Progress � 10/5/01: Bush Pulls Security Clearances From 92 Senators
“We can’t have leaks of classified information. It’s not in our nation’s interest.” - President George W. Bush, 10/9/01

President Bush’s defiant statement came in the immediate weeks following 9/11, as the administration clamped down on the information it provided to Congress. President Bush issued an order limiting access to classified intelligence only to 8 members of Congress — the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

What precipitated this course of action?

Gannett News Service reported on 10/1/01 that Bush was restricting information because, “The Washington Post reported last week that various lawmakers had been told there would be more terrorist attacks if the United States retaliated.”

There's no contradiction here -- our Father, who art in the White House, must have the absolute and unquestioned authority to restrict information to those who need it. Seantors don't need to know anything, being mere window dressing.They especially don't need to know anything that undermines the infallibility of the Chosen One. But Matt Cooper and Robert Novak needed to know that Joe Wilson's wife was a CIA operative. Some leaks are just necessary, folks.


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